So I've noticed on social media there are a lot of complaints about the weather this spring . . . or is it third winter? Anyway, I thought I'd put in my two cents, since that is what a blog is all about and of course the winter of my procrastination is finally ending.
Aren't the seasons amazing. We get to watch the world around us course through the cycle of life.
Spring is a time of rebirth. The flowers bud, pollen fills the air (and my lungs), tulips and daffodils grace us with their cheerful presence, and the sun peeks out once in a while (amidst the rain showers of Portland, OR).
Summer is the glory of youth and the beauty of young adulthood all rolled in one. We have the sunshiny days that make us want to get out into nature and enjoy the beauty all around us. The leaves on the trees are brilliant shades of green that produce the very air we breathe. Life seems better in the summer. Fuller. Happier.
Autumn is my favorite season. The leaves begin to change, but they still wow us with their glorious colors and the air is crisper. I always feel like fall has this golden glow to it that hangs in the very air, like that last bite of pumpkin pie that rests on your tongue long after you've eaten it. Fall is busy, with school starting, the beginning of the holiday season, and the promise of Christmas. It's also the beginning of the end of the cycle.
Winter becomes the death of the natural phenomena. There is
beauty in seeing a world covered in white like a burial shroud. I love to see the sparkles in the snow as the sun glimmers on the frozen fractals. The cold makes us hurry inside to grasp warm cups of cocoa and sit by the fire (or curled up in a heating blanket). Things can seem a bit bleak in the winter (especially when it doesn't seem to want to end, like this year), but there is the beauty and hope in the world as we see the evergreen trees pointing always heavenward. Winter also brings Christmas and the true reason we retain our hope.
The world is a fantastic place and I'm grateful to be a part of it.
I had the opportunity to read another sweet, clean romance by Author Anne-Marie Meyer.
Can a billionaire and a journalist find love in the Alaskan wilderness?
Journalist, Madeline Abernathy, is desperate to finally be taken seriously by her boss. When he calls her in on a Saturday night, she’s hopelessly optimistic that this is her big break. That is, until she finds herself face to face with Liam, the billionaire party boy, who’s been dominating the newsstands all month. Now she finds herself committed to writing a puff piece on him which is the last thing she wanted to do.
Liam Davenport just wanted to live a quiet life roaming around the world. When his father dies, leaving him CEO of Davenport Outdoors, he is forced to trade in his hiking boots for tailored suits. When criminal activity involving his late father comes to light, his PR director thinks it’s best to hire a journalist to document the good they are doing. Too bad Madeline acts as if she already knows everything about him and refuses to do any research.
Just when Liam and Madeline determine that they can’t stand each other, a flock of birds take out both engines of Liam’s private plane, forcing him to land in the Alaskan mountains. Stranded, both must decide to either put down their pride and survive together, or keep their prejudices and struggle alone.
This was a delightful little romance. It's short enough to read in one sitting, and interesting enough to keep your attention. The story is woven full of exciting events that almost make me want to be stuck in the Alaskan wilderness with a handsome billionaire to guide me out.
I liked how the characters both had their personal flaws as well as their prejudices against the other. They each have a negative opinion of reporters and billionaires. It was refreshing to see how the events changed their perspective, but not just the things that occurred but the heartfelt conversations they had.
I do wish we'd learned more about Liam and his personal struggles with his father and his background. We learned a lot about Madeline, but not so much about Liam.
Overall it was a great read that gave my morning a cozy feel. Check it out here.
For more of Anne-Marie Meyer's Clean, Billionaire romances check out her Amazon page.
So simple and delicious, but it can be a little tricky. Please read all of the comments and tips before attempting your first batch! We've been making this recipes for years for the holidays and we love it!
1 1/2 cups chopped toasted almonds, divided
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
4 bars of chocolate (such as Hershey's Bars)
1. Butter a 7x11-inch pan (or 9x12 for slightly thinner roca). Sprinkle 1 cup of toasted almonds on bottom of the pan.
2 In heavy saucepan at medium-high heat melt butter and add brown sugar. Stir until gently boiling. Reduce heat to medium or medium-low and boil 12 minutes exactly, stirring constantly. *Edited to add* I made mine without a candy thermometer with success, but since some readers have noted having trouble with this recipe- you might wish to stick and instant read thermometer in there just to make sure it's about the right temperature. Pull it off the heat when it has reached the hard-crack stage (300 degrees F)- or when the mixture starts to separate (the oil starts to separate from the sugar). If it gets higher than 320, it will not remain solid.
3. Remove the mixture from heat, give it a good stir to mix up that butter and sugar one more time, and immediately pour hot mixture into pan over almonds. (see *Tips below) Place chocolate bars on top. Let them sit a minute or so until melted, then spread chocolate around carefully. Sprinkle with remaining toasted almonds and gently press them into the chocolate..
4. Cool completely, and then break apart into chunks with sharp knife. Store in covered container
Well, I've tried to spread it around and I realized that I haven't spread it here. So here goes!!!
Storm Child (Book 1 of the Storm Series) Available October 31st in paperback and e-book on Amazon, and iBooks.
16-year-old Eridale Storm must leave the only home she's ever known and brave the dangers of the unknown wilds to escape capture by Imperial soldiers. The only safe place is with her mother, who abandoned her to lead the freedom movement when Eridale was just a child. On her journey, Eridale learns that she holds a key role in the confilct between the Empire and the Freedom Fighters. Can Eridale face the heritage that will define the rest of her life and will her choices lead the people back to freedom or shackle them under the imperial throne forever? Book one of the Storm Child series.
I'm so excited for this book to come out. It's been a long time in coming and it's been a crazy journey to get it out there. I hope my fans will loves this introduction to my YA Dystopia. I'm a writer that dabbles in many genres and this book is a new adventure for all of us.
Right now Storm Child is on a blog tour this week. Check out the link. There are, prizes, giveaways, and great reviews.
Please talk to your local book store after the 31st and see if they can get it in.
I'm also going to be setting up book signings at libraries in the near future stay tuned for more information.